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OT: French/English etymology question: "sauf"/"save"

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Friday, December 5, 2003, 15:15
My Band-Aid box says that the bandages therein are sterile unless the
paper around them is damaged.  This handy-dandy bit of obviosity
is helpfully translated into French, and the equivalent of the English
"unless" is apparently "sauf si".  Since I know that "si" means "if",
I gather that "sauf" by itself means "except", and I was wondering if this were
related to the identical (somewhat outdated) meaning of English "save".
This is purely idle speculation on my part, and I have done no research;
I just thought someone here might already know the answer.




Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>